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Dear Lay Missionary of the Gospel of Life,
Greetings in the Name of the Lord of Life!
As a member of the Lay Missionaries, it is important that we
know our vision, and be able to “cast the vision” clearly and
succinctly. As you think about the Missionaries and share with
others, these three aspects may be of assistance.
1. Association: We are a society or association of
likeminded people gripped by God and the sanctity of every human
being from the moment of conception to natural death. We are
knit together by our faith, love for the Church, and a common
mission, spirituality, virtues and promises. We are members of a
Society of Apostolic Life, blessed by Holy Mother Church; and we
receive the special graces that flow through her. Our Life Cell
gatherings are an important place to develop this common life
and spirituality. Please review the
Life Cell teaching and contact
me regarding your participation in an already existing Cell, or
help us to establish one in your area. Association reminds us of
our dependency upon God and our need for one another.
2. Mission: Mission is primarily what Christians do in
reaching the world for Christ and His Church. We are sent on
mission by our baptism, confirmation, and the promises we make
as Missionaries of the Gospel of Life. Ultimately we are sent by
Christ himself. The saying, “If you aim at nothing you are sure
to hit it” must never apply to the Missionaries. Our aim is
sure: The members of this Society witness before the Church
and the world to the priority of the right to life as the
foundation of all other rights, and to the absolute claims to
respect and protection that this right makes upon every
individual and community in the human family. The Society
promotes and defends the natural human right to life, in the
light of the Gospel, focusing in particular on ending the
scourge of abortion. Let us ever increase our prayerful
efforts, both individually and corporately to fulfill this noble
aim and Mission.
3. Lifestyle: Wherever we are, whatever we do,
whatever stage of life we find ourselves in we seek the Face of
Christ in every human being. Our witness does not only find
expression in the various missions we may be involved with, but
is manifest in every breath, gesture, and relational encounter
we have. To be Pro-life, to be a Christian, is to reverence the
life of Christ at work in our lives, and the life of every human
person. The saying of Nicholas of Cusa expresses beautifully
the wonder of encounter with God in every person: In every
face is the Face of faces, veiled and in a riddle. To attend
to the Face of God in our spouse, children, parents, friends,
enemies and everyone. We give ourselves to the grace-filled
discipline of not speaking, touching or thinking about another
human being, without looking for the Face of Christ in the other
person. To be a Missionary of the Gospel of Life is to live an
Association, Mission and Lifestyle, may these three
aspects of the Missionaries be a great blessing in understanding
our identity, casting the vision, and inviting others to unite
with us in this great campaign on behalf of life.
Please know that I enjoy hearing from you. I would especially
like to know if you will be attending any of the following
gatherings listed below. If you are, please let me know and
let’s be sure to spend some time together.
June 14-16: National Right to Life Convention
June 26-29: Rachel's Vineyard Leadership Training Conference
June 29-July 1: Come Aside and Rest Awhile Retreat
July 21-22: EWTN Family Celebration
I count it a great privilege to be united with you as a
Missionary of the Gospel of Life. I hope to hear from you, and
better still, to greet you face to face.
Jim Pinto, Jr., M.E.V.
PS: I ask that you weekly review our Missionary website
www.priestsforlife.org/missionary. This will not only help you,
but will enable you to assist others in acquiring information
they may need.